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Coorg, or Kodagu as it is locally known, is a beautiful tourist destination in Karnataka, South India. It is a hill station very popular among the tourists for the incessant rains, cool climate, rolling hills, plantations that sprawl across hills and valleys and beautiful viewpoints. Coorg is famous for its coffee, sandalwood and spice plantations. There are beautiful resorts here perfect for your honeymoon and family holidays. Coorg offers amazing experiences of serenity and adventure, just what you seek on your holidays. Because of the climate and greenery, it is popularly known as the Scotland of India. Coorg is a famous weekend getaway for the IT people in Bangalore and Hyderabad. It is very popular among rafters, trekkers and coffee lovers.

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Mangalore is the nearest Airport to reach Coorg. Bangalore is around 260 kms from here. You can easily catch a taxi and travel the winding mountain roads, through the chilling mist to reach the resorts in this beautiful hill station. Here are some of the most beautiful places to visit while in Coorg:

 

Kaveri Nisargadhama

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This is a small and beautiful island on the Cauvery River which is developed into an ecological park. The place is the perfect destination for nature and photography lovers.

 

Raja’s Seat

There’s a park and an observatory here from where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the plantations and hills and valleys. Don’t miss the stunning sunset view from here. The place used to be the King’s favorite destination and hence the name Raja’s seat.

 

Raja’s Tomb

A few kilometers from the Madikeri town, you can visit the Raja’s tomb which is a typical dome-shaped tomb of the Kodava royalty who ruled the area.

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Abbey Falls

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This is near the Raja’s Tomb. The waterfalls offer a scenic view especially during the monsoons.

 

Tadiandamol Peak

This is one of the popular trekking trails in Coorg. The view from the top is breathtaking. You can also check out the Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri Peaks that are also popular trekking trails in Coorg.

 

Namdroling Monastery

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This is located in Bylakuppe which is a Tibetan settlement in Coorg. The monastery has a school, temple and huge Buddha statue that are popular tourist attractions. The temples showcase many beautiful paintings that tell you stories of Buddha. The school follows a unique pattern of education which is totally different from what’s followed in the other parts of the country.

 

Nalakunad Palace

The Nalakunad palace was the hunting resort of an old King of Kudagu. It is located near the Tadiandamol Peak.

 

Barapole River

This is known as one of the best river rafting destinations in India.

Madikeri Fort

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This is a 16th century fort of Tippu Sultan which was later taken over by Raja Lingarajendra 2. The fort houses a museum and municipal office inside the palace.

 

Omkareshwar Temple

This Siva temple has a unique mix of Gothic and Islamic architecture. It was built by Raja Lingarajendra 2 during the 1820s.

 

Other Specialties of Coorg

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Coorg is famous for its spice and coffee plantations. Those who visit Coorg will definitely love the fresh ground coffee and fresh spices, especially chilly and pepper, sold in the markets here. It is also famous for its unique cuisine which is a mix of Karnataka and Mangalore style. Typical Coorgi dishes use a lot of spices and coconuts. Another popular aspect that attracts the tourists in Coorg is the handicrafts made by the tribal settlements and Tibetans settled here. You can buy colorful clothes, handbags, footwear, jewelry and other handicrafts from Coorg. You can check out the GoMowgli style of Hop On Hop Off travel in Coorg if you love adventure.

Coorg – The Scotland Of India

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